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2009 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Long Term Road Test

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2009 Dodge Ram 1500: Track Testing

August 05, 2009

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Had enough of dirtbikes, home remodeling and moving posts yet? I hope not, because we've been waiting for a new truck for a long time. Stuff's been piling up. But for the next few minutes, let's venture into the world of performance testing with a really big truck.

Follow the jump for full results: 0-60, quarter mile, slalom, skidpad and braking. Oh, and as-tested weight!

Vehicle: 2009 Dodge Ram 1500

Odometer: 33,42

Date: 07/21/2009

Driver: Josh Jacquot

Price: $49,660


Drive Type: Four-wheel drive

Transmission Type: Five-speed automatic with tow/haul mode

Engine Type: 90-degree V8 Displacement (cc/cu-in): 5,654 (345)

Redline (rpm): 5,800

Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 390 @ 5,600

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm): 407 @ 4,000

Brake Type (front): Ventilated disc

Brake Type (rear): Solid disc

Steering System: Rack-and-pinion with hydraulic power assist

Suspension Type (front): independent, double wishbones, coil springs and stabalizer bar

Suspension Type (rear): Solid axle, coil springs, trailing links, panhard rod and stabilizer bar

Tire Size (front): P275/60R20 114S

Tire Size (rear): P275/60R20 114S

Tire Brand: Goodyear

Tire Model: Wrangler HP

Tire Type: All-season

Wheel Size: 20-by-9

Wheel Material (front/rear): Chrome clad aluminum alloy

As-tested Curb Weight (lb): 5,677

Test Results:

0-30 (sec): 2.9

0-45 (sec): 4.7

0-60 (sec): 7.6

0-75 (sec): 10.9

1/4-Mile (sec @ mph): 15.6 @ 85.

4 0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 7.2

30-0 (ft): 33

60-0 (ft): 130

Braking Rating: Average

Slalom (mph): 57.9 (55.2 with traction/stability control on)

Skid Pad Lateral acceleration (g): .68 (.66 with traction/stability control on)

Handling Rating: Average

Db @ Idle: 46.6

Db @ Full Throttle: 72.4

Db @ 70 mph Cruise: 64.8

Acceleration Comments: Quicker with trac on. Stomping the pedal is the quickest way-- at least on this day. No real technique required. Manual shifts are slower.

Braking Comments: Like most full-size trucks, pedal feel is long and soft. Fade (from 130-135 feet) isn't perceptible through the pedal.

Handling Comments: Skid pad: Tall and soft like all trucks, the Ram exhibits the same vague controls and slow responses one would expect from a 5,700-lb pickup. Oh, and it understeers. Lots.. Slalom: Squirming a full-size truck between the cones is never easy and the Ram is no exception. Stab control will easily punish if inputs aren't very smooth or if you get behind-- which is easy.

Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant

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